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Busy Week in Roseville CA

Hello! I hope your week went smoothly and well. Mine was busy, productive and interspersed with fun smiles.  It included doctor appointments for my senior mom followed by tasty lunches out and about, looking at lovely homes for sale in Roseville CA with real estate clients, a fun and interesting neighborhood meeting, a day spent renewing my CPR and First Aid certificate, Kaye Swain Roseville CA real estate agent blogger shares CPR info 1200

and a lovely time helping at church. Not to mention some hugs, cuddles and licks from a dear granddog.  🙂

CPR and First Aid

I highly recommend that everyone get and maintain a CPR and First Aid certificate. It’s good for all, and especially for those caring for elderly parents as well as raising kids or babysitting grandkids.

CPR Training In Sacramento and Roseville CA and Beyond

This is my third time and the classes have always been interesting. This was particularly so as it was taught by a retired paramedic from a busy area of Los Angeles. He shared many real-life examples that made me doubly appreciate spending the time every two years to review old lessons and learn the latest vital updates. It’s especially easy now, for me, as I can go to the Wellnessmart office in my city of Roseville CA. They offer these classes two times a week in two separate classes – CPR/AED and First Aid. It is wonderful at working around my busy schedule. In the past, I’ve also enjoyed training classes from the Red Cross as well as one provided by fire personnel. Interested? If you live in California, you can visit Wellnessmart.com to see if one of their locations is near you.

You can also find CPR classes through the Red Cross, the Heart Association, your local YMCA, and perhaps your city’s park and recreation department. For example, our Roseville CA park & rec usually has classes listed in their activities program. You might also check with your company if it is large or your church. I know St. Clare in Roseville has offered it and I have also seen it available at other churches over the years.

Learn Hands-Free CPR Online

Learning CPR is a wonderful gift that you can give to the people around you – your loved ones, your neighbors, and even strangers whose lives you may have a chance to impact in a very special way. (BUT for other caregivers of elderly parents and other sweet seniors, make sure you know if they have a DNR – Do Not Resuscitate and do not want CPR done on them.)  And, while the in-person classes are the best way as you can ask questions as well as practice with/in front of an instructor, you can even learn the core basics online for free.

Here is an excellent and interesting video from our Roseville CA excellent fire department, demonstrating how vital immediate CPR is. And now that the Heart Association has simplified CPR with “hands-only CPR” with no mouth to mouth required, hopefully more people will put it into practice when they see someone collapse AFTER first having someone call 911 (if no one else there – YOU should call 911 first AND leave the phone on with them on the line – they can also help talk you through it AND they can find you and your cell phone easier!)

 

From the Heart Association, this is one of 6 excellent videos in their playlist ranging from funny to serious tips for CPR

Here is a great one for all ages, including fun for the kids and grandkids

And here’s one last training video, this one is also from the Roseville CA Fire Department

CPR Apps

I also found some useful-looking apps. Of course, as with all the other info I’ve written about here (or anywhere else), always do your own research and due diligence. What works for me may not work for you – or may not keep working. Good case in point – I spent about $5 on a Heart Association app a few years ago. It’s no longer available online, probably in part because they hadn’t yet simplified the CPR to hands-only CPR. So always check and recheck everything you read here or anywhere to ensure it will truly be a wise help for you. 😉 THAT being said, here are two apps I found that look very useful and now have their own folder on my iPhone. If you know of others, do share. 🙂

Kaye Swain Roseville Sacramento REALTOR blogger shares CPR apps

The CPR tempo has a start and stop button. When you click start, it ticks loudly to help you do the CPR compressions regularly to accomplish the 100 compressions per minute. (I don’t know the song, “Staying Alive,” well enough to sing it while doing CPR. But if you do, that’s even easier as the video above demonstrates. 🙂

The First Aid app is from the Red Cross and shares info based on the Everyday First Aid Program developed by the British Red Cross. The last option on the list is UNRESPONSIVE AND NOT BREATHING and tells you what to do to provide hands-only compressions. It also has links to other free natural disaster apps to help you know what to do in the event of each of those disasters such as tornados, earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. It even has pet first aid! (My granddog says WOOF!) The last choice in that section is EMERGENCY which includes disaster alert options.

Coloring Books with Emergency Info

Both FEMA and the CDC have coloring books that are great for kids and grandkids. They don’t have photos of CPR specifically but do give tips about dealing with a wide variety of disasters.

Words of Encouragement are Great for Emergencies and More

You probably noticed the wallpaper on my iPhone showing below the apps – with God’s Word of encouragement reminding me all the time, and especially during an emergency, that God is faithful. Which is a great reminder for all of us, even in a crisis….ESPECIALLY in a crisis! PRAYER is vital before, during and after. Our times are in God’s hand and that is just as true in a medical emergency. We do our best, but we put our full trust in God!

Here’s my wallpaper all by itself in case you’d like to have these sweet words of encouragement for your phone. 🙂

Christian Kaye Swain REALTOR blogger shares God is faithful wallpaper

 

The Verse by Verse Bible Study in John – it appears they switched over to sharing these mostly via iPhone app so I am not going to list these anymore. But you can get their app for free by going to your iphone apps store, type in Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara and download the app. 🙂

Have a Happy….and Appy…..Week

I’m looking forward to another busy week here in Roseville CA and hoping your week is great as well!

 

Kaye

 

 

Autumn Decorations for the home remind me of grandkid and grandparent fun Kaye Swain real estate agent blogger Kaye Swain

AUTUMN BLISS FOR BOOMERS AND SENIORS

WOW! Can you believe it’s Autumn! Woohoo! My favorite season! I’ve already put a couple of cute decorations up including the fun crew in the photo above. I look at that and see autumn fun and grandkid love all over it. One of my grandchildren made the wooden pumpkin head on the left. A couple other grandkids and I used to play catch with the pumpkin head in the middle (it’s a squishy ball). And the scarecrow on the right is one of several scarecrows in my autumn family of scarecrows that my grandchildren and I have delighted over and played with through the years. Then I added a few tiny mini pumpkins, something I have done most years, often having the grandkids paint them for me. It’s a sweet treasury of memories wrapped up in lovely autumn goodness. Have you started decorating yet?

GRANDCHILDREN JOYS

If you are going to be able to spend some time with the grandkids during these next few weeks, you might enjoy some fall harvest project ideas. Here at SandwichINK, you’ll find plenty of ideas including:

  1. Autumn Activities
  2. Fall Fun
  3. Silly Scarecrows
  4. Trick or Treaters
  5. Pinterest – Grand for Kids and Grandkdis

I’ll also keep my eyes open for fun new activity ideas for us all and share them in coming weeks and/or at my Facebook page. Be sure to visit there, CLICK LIKE, and then click the little arrow beside the word LIKED and select “Get Notifications.” That will keep you up-to-date on all sorts of interesting and useful resources for boomers and seniors, grandparents and grandkids, and all of us in the Sandwich Generation.

CARING FOR ELDERLY PARENTS

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My senior mom and I had a delightful time at Green Acres this week. That’s our local Roseville CA garden center. It was all dressed up for autumn with pumpkins and sunflowers and flowers and more. A delight for all our senses. AND we learned something new. Did you know there is such a thing as a scented geranium? I’ve never heard of that before. They only had one. We smelled it. It was interesting but the scent was not our “cup of tea.” Being a rose person, it’s slightly citrusy smell was definitely unexpected. I have seen other scents such as Apricot so we may look again next spring when I imagine they will have more selections.

In the meantime, we came home with 2 camellias, 2 non-scented geraniums, and daffodil bulbs for my senior mom. Such great exercise for her body and an encourager for her emotionally, as we discussed in the most recent #ElderCareChat on Twitter. You can read the recap at Strategies for Healthy Aging or the full recap by clicking here – it’s full of tips and resources on positive aging in place, fighting depression, staying healthy longer, and more. Our sweet hostess, Michelle Seitzer, reminded me that this #ElderCareChat has been going on at Twitter for years – almost since I started blogging back in August of 2008! WOW!!! So many grand friends I’ve made over the years through blogging – including you! Thank you for being a vital part of this! 🙂

DEVOTIONALS FOR BABY BOOMERS AND SENIOR CITIZENS

Continuing on with my favorite encouraging and comforting Bible verses…

Christian encouragement via Kaye Swain real estate agent and blogger in Roseville CA

 

And since coloring pages for adults as well as kids are so popular right now, I’m starting something new. Christian and inspirational quotes coloring pages for all ages. Because the mountain is so faded in the photo, I did two this time for different results. Let me know what you think.  And Enjoy 🙂

 

Christian Encouragement and Inspirational Quotes Coloring Pages for Adults and all age 1 via Kaye Swain Roseville CA REALTOR.jpg

 

Christian Encouragement and Inspirational Quotes Coloring Pages for Adults and all age via Kaye Swain Roseville CA REALTOR 1b

 

Here’s one of the lovely old Christian hymns that goes so well with this encouraging Scripture, O God Our Help In Ages Past.

And, I’m SOOOO excited. One of my top 10 favorite Bible teachers, David Guzik, shares his weekly sermons at YouTube. You can find his channel by CLICKING HERE. And here is the first in a long and lovely series in the book of John. A great start to your week if you, or a beloved senior, can’t get out to church. Or how about as a supplement to your daily Bible studies in the middle of the week?

Have a blessed and beautiful week!

Kaye

 

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Kaye Swain Placer County social media blogger visits Spiritual Sunday

Kaye Swain REALTOR in Roseville CA has Fun and so will other boomers and seniors and grandparents whether at home or out and about working at their real estate business at the Grand Social

 

Beverly's Got so many cute pink things each Saturday including lovely homes and home decor - great for creative ideas when you are moving to a new home

 

 

 

Kaye Swain loves reading Bible books and Bible memory verses to the grandkids-Kaye Swain Roseville CA REALTORMajor changes have come for this Sandwich Generation grandmother. For the past umpteen years I’ve been an up-close grandma to half my grandkids and a long distance grandma to the other half. Now I’m long-distance to all and frequent flyer to many, not to mention plenty of drive time too.

My senior mom and I are back home in California, near another of our beloveds, and it is definitely a change and a challenge but fun nevertheless. I just returned from a delightful visit to one set of grandchildren where we spent a good portion of our time playing chess and checkers along with tons of hugs and cuddles!

And since all my grandkids are getting older, and have extremely busy schedules of their own, this is working out well. I do miss the daily interaction but, of course, I plan to stay close to them all no matter how near or far and I’ll continue to share fun tips, ideas, and resources with fellow grandparents near and far. Along with caregiving ideas and resources for our beloved seniors here as well as at SandwichINK Real Estate Info where you’ll discover more ideas and interesting examples of multigenerational and aging in place options and issues.

Here are a couple of travel tips I picked up on this last trip, just for you. If you are flying to visit loved ones – young, old, or both – for the holidays  and haven’t yet bought your tickets, I just spotted an  article at Forbes – Holiday Airfare Tips For Last Minute Shoppers.

I would recommend packing a new (or old favorite) game that they do NOT have at their house. Something new, or not used in a while, is always more interesting and you could end up having a series of competitions for the whole visit – quite enjoyable I must say. Just be sure to take a game(s) you also like. 🙂

Kaye Swain loves playing chess and checkers with the grandkids

If you are able to visit often, you might want to consider asking if it’s ok to leave a box of goodies just for your visits. In the past, I’ve kept a stash of canned nuts for late-night hunger attacks, 3 favorite games they only play with me, a couple of books we treasure, and a change of clothes just in case I make it but my suitcase doesn’t. That can be a big stress relief!

As long distance grandparents, we may not get as many memories over the year, but if we make the most of the moments we are there, our memories can be just as powerful and impactful – for them AND for us.

My three most powerful memories from my last trips were centered on helping others in need including preparing Samaritan’s Purse Christmas shoeboxes – a long standing tradition we love, studying Bible verses together, and fun games whether we won OR lost. Moments I will treasure forever!

And speaking of holidays – HAVE A BLESSED AND BEAUTIFUL THANKSGIVING WHEREVER YOU MAY BE!

P.S. A fun Thanksgiving AND Christmas coloring page for grandkids (or beloved seniors) (and one already in color) to turn into place cards or holiday home decor. And if you click directly on each snowman, they’ll lead to more fun Christmas ideas.

Snow happy there is no snow in Roseville CA for Kaye Swain REALTOR and caring for eldelry parents AND that my grandkids DO have snow

 

Christmas coloring page for grandchildren from fellow grandparents Kaye Swain REALTOR in Roseville CA

 

Happy Thanksgiving place card make easy crafts for kids and seniors black and white coloring page

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving place card make easy crafts for kids and seniors black and white coloring page

 

 

 

 

 

Fun for grandparents whether at home or out and about at the Grand Social

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging and comforting BIble verses and praise music to lift the hearts of the Sandwich Generation

Beverlys Pink Saturday is full of fun things for SandwichINK Real Estate Info - including the occasional pink house

 

My grandkids are all thoroughly enjoying the Christmas season. Several are involved in music programs for school or church and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing each of them all dressed up in their Christmas best -singing and speaking their brightest, boldest and loudest. 🙂

Our trees are all up and decorated – even mine, thanks to a nice long chat with a loved one. Christmas cookies are abounding a bit too much, as my tummy will be soon if I don’t rein it in a bit! OYYYYY!

My senior mom just got her hair set at the salon is looking quite cheery and ready for plenty of hugs as the holiday season progresses.

My grandsons and I have enj0yed SNOW much fun with a wee bit of snow we got this week – including a snow ball fight, snow ball toss, and ice sliding in tennis shoes (not to mention – grandma going WHOOOOOMP when she tried to rescue one grandkid. He was fine, and eventually, so was I. 🙂 ).

I’m in the midst of a TON of studying as God leads my direction down a path I’ve been veering towards for years – putting to good use that A.A. I earned in Real Estate. HOORAY! So in the midst of all the fun and frolic, I’m learning more new things; keeping my brain hearty, healthy and active; and yet, still enjoying the holidays. And, of course, ALWAYS, keeping my eyes (and my grandkids’ eyes) on the blessed Reason for the Season. So here are some fun coloring pages for our grandkids to enjoy.

 

A fun way to teach grandchildren the true meaning of Christmas

 

Wise men grandparents and grandkids still seek Him

 

 

Jesus loves EWE and me

I hope and pray this season is has sweet moments of fun and joy for all of you as well. As we caregivers know well, that’s not always true. But always we have wonderful resources to encourage us as we “keep on keeping on” in this season of our lives!

P.S. Joining up with fellow grandparents at Grandma’s Briefs. 🙂